Tender for onshore wind energy: a glimpse at the crystal ball

In the following 1/2017 quarterly barometer, Henning Wegner, sales/business development manager at energy consult GmbH, talks about the tender for onshore wind energy. The quarterly barometer exclusively informs you of the latest developments on the market on a quarterly basis and gives you an outlook on what changes are emerging in the coming months.

The tender for onshore wind energy, that’s what the wind energy sector has been all about for the past three months. Wind energy companies do not yet know exactly what the new tender process has in store for them and how it will affect their future work. It is a bit like looking into a crystal ball: some things are clear, others remain distinctly uncertain. energy consult is directly affected by the awarding of wind energy projects, as the tender for onshore wind energy decides on projects for which operational management can be taken on in the next 20 years. That’s why energy consult has decisively supported the project developers with whom they are cooperating.

Tender for onshore wind energy – what is that?

The German Renewable Energy Act (EEG) 2017 stipulates the tender for onshore wind energy: the remuneration of the kilowatt hours produced by wind energy will no longer be set by the state as before, but will be determined on the market by this tender for onshore wind energy. In the first tender phase, ending on 2 May, a total of 800 megawatts are to be awarded. However, several deadlines are already due several weeks before the end of the tender.

So far, a volume of 400 megawatts has been approved to be awarded for onshore wind energy – now it is exciting to see what overall volume will be going into the tender process. The specifications of the German Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) are public knowledge. That’s why many companies are currently holding seminars so that tender applications for onshore wind energy do not fail because of irregularities.

energy consult is the decisive partner for project developers in the tender for onshore wind energy

energy consult has projected for the project developers it is working with, which forecast operating costs they must plan for their wind energy projects in their desired operating time periods. This allows energy consult to support a solid, transparent calculation, which helps to promote the awarding of the tender for onshore wind energy. The greater the experience and the more comprehensive the database from the past, the more precise this projection is. This allows our partners to benefit from our experience as operating managers of wind turbines spanning 25 years.

No strategic advantage for major project developers

To ensure that major project developers are not given a strategic advantage, it is not known in advance what volume has already been approved for onshore wind energy tender in which region. It could therefore be the case that the application volume exceeds the regional capacity limits for wind turbines.

Outlook: focus on process analysis in quarter 2/2017

All project developers – including, of course, energy consult as a wind farm manager – will now observe with eagle eyes how the tender for onshore wind energy will proceed: what is the procedure for the process and what results will it entail? Which tenders will be awarded and at what prices? How many megawatts will actually be implemented? What volume will be approved for which regions? The project developers will prepare themselves that much more precisely for the next phase of the tender for onshore wind energy using a process analysis.

What else? Wind energy news

Introduction of the market master data register

On 1 July, the market master data register will replace the installations register, thereby improving the quality of and simplifying the data. This will allow the government to assess the progress of the energy revolution and to better plan growth with network operators. Every wind energy project will in future have to be registered in the market master data register, as otherwise it will not be approved for an onshore wind energy tender or it will lose its awarding decision and therefore the feed-in remuneration.

Technical updates in wind turbines

We are currently advising wind energy associations such as BWE  and Windmesse on maintenance concepts, service life extension, the latest technology and big data for wind turbines at various conferences. We will report on the results at Husum Wind on 12 to 15 September at the latest and, of course, in the next energy consult quarterly barometer at the start of July.